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The World’s First Ink Made Out of Air Pollution: AIR-INK

The AIR-INK is created through a three-step process: capturing, filtering and making the ink.

  1. A device called ‘Kaalink‘ is attached to a vehicle’s exhaust pipe to capture the outgoing fossil fuel emitions and pollutants such as heavy metals, oils, etc. The filter captures black carbon soot from the burning of gasoline, diesel, and other fuels. Each Kaalink is reusable and allegedly filters “between 85-95%” of soot emissions from a vehicle (Business Insider).
  2. The collected soot undergoes various processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. Finally the recovered soot is taken through a grinding process to bring to a consistent particle size, as good as an ink pigment.
  3. The carbon is then used to make different types of inks and paints.

It takes just 45 minutes worth of vehicular emissions captured by the filter to produce 1 pen of ink.

And how is it better than regular ink? The process of making Air Ink not only eliminates soot from polluting the air, but it also doesn’t burn extra fossil fuels that making regular ink does.

More info at: AirInk Kickstarter campaign

Author: Gabriel García, Head of Customer Operations at Iristrace

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